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Harlan IPA | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Harlan IPAHarlan IPA

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harlan is Edward’s slightly more aggressive alter-ego. Dry Hopped exclusively with Columbus hops.

Added by SFLpunk on 07-04-2010

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bobbique on Long Island in New York wit a nice BBQ lunch. As advertised, this is definitely a nice smack of columbus hops. the malt backbone of Edward is still nicely present. tasty brew.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a brownish hue. Head is gorgeous, dense and lasting, with tons of lacing all the way down.

Smell is very muted, and all I get is lemons, which is pleasant and interesting, but a one-note experience. Taste is lemon and other citrus, then ripe melon and some pine. Nice long finish with a pleasant but not particularly strong bitterness.

Feel is smooth, soft and just hefty enough to keep it from being watery. Overall an excellent IPA, but much more subtle than you might expect if you've been pulled aboard the HF hype train. Still, clearly a masterful brew.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fine brew from Hill Farmstead. Nice golden color with fruity aroma. Great fruity flavor with legs. Typical HF brew - super smooth, easy to drink but very tasty. Another winner from HF.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 32oz growler filled ten days ago, poured to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware). This went straight into the fridge and has been sitting for 24 hours now. Fairly ideal circumstances for a tasting!

Appearance (4.5): Right out of the gate, three fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a thickly hazy, honey-amber body with light orange highlights. The head dies down very slowly, leaving a rocky, pock-marked surface, along with a thin, unbroken collar at the very top, along with a web of widely-spaced, splotchy patches of lace all over the place, and a few broad sheets here and there.

Smell (4.5): Light, bright citrus and grassy notes coming right out of the growler: kumquats, gooseberry, key limes, grapefruit pith, and something a bit more rustic. The malt offers a lean, cereal grain base, with rolled oats and soft, country wheat bread in the nose. As it warms, the aroma gains a bit of fruity sweetness, like key lime juice.

Taste (4.25): Grassy, pithy hops—limeade, gooseberry, red grapefruit pulp, fresh-cut grass, Seville oranges—meet a lean, grainy malt body—rolled oats, common crackers, stone wheat thins, that kind of thing. The hops rear up in the finish with citrusy bitterness like chewing on grapefruit and lime peel, underripe kumquats, or Seville orange. The pithy, citrusy notes open up with stronger grapefruit tones as it warms, adding a depth of character to the bitterness without making it astringent or too harsh—it packs a punch without leaving you feeling bruised. Meanwhile, the taste of oats and cracked wheat provide a soft, dry pedestal for the hops to do their thing.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The body comes in at a perfectly medium weight, with a dryly acidic feel (provided by those beautiful hop oils) met with a nearly-chalky malt body. The carbonation is smooth and prickly, deposited with a fine layer of bubbles at the outset, before foaming up modestly into a velvety blanket before washing out.

Overall (4.5): This is clearly a world-class IPA. It’s not out to blast you with some crazy new hop variety, or seeking a hash oil-soaked nirvana in beer form. Rather, I think Sean Hill’s aim with this beer and beers like it is to take a fairly well established style and do it right—perfect, in fact, in his view. That’s always been my impression of this beer, anyway, since I first had it in 2012. It was the most down-the-middle (d)IPA they offered back then, and in my mind it’s still the most well-rounded IPA they make. Susan might be tied with it, but that beer has a more tropical feel to it. Either way, Harlan is an outstanding example of the American IPA, and I’m thoroughly, thoroughly pleased to enjoy it now.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap @ the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT

Appearance - Served up in a 7oz pour, the brew is hazy and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Great retention, eventually breaking down to reveal a thin, consistent layer of suds. Strong lacing is left on the glass consisting of thick rings and fine spotting.

Smell - Citrus hops. Lesser notes of leafiness with a hint of mango and banana peel. Mild bready malts.

Taste - Hits first on moderate juicy orange and bready sweetness. Light mango with a touch of banana peel. Finishes somewhat clean, with a hint of leafy/minty character lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A bit of crispness before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - A bit reminiscent of Abner, though not nearly the depth, though not to expected of an IPA vs it's DIPA counterpart. This is a heck of an IPA, but given the choice I'd rather go with Abner.

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Photo of Sintech
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Overall - A well crafted, pine forward IPA.

Taste - Pine with citrus undertones.

Smell - Muted pine and citrus.

Look - Muddled golden yellow hue.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Grade - (B+)

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Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

A frothy, one-finger tall, eggshell colored crown topped the hazy, brassy-amber body. The head fell rather quickly to a cap of bubbles. Streaky, patchy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was mellow and a bit simplistic. Moderately hoppy. Citrus notes were apparent. Juicy orange came through strongest. Slightly dank and musky. Semisweet. The aroma turned fruitier and somewhat more robust as the beer warmed. Peach notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also a bit underwhelming and reminded me of something that one might find in a middle-of-the-pack IPA. Citrus notes dominated. Orange peel appeared up front. The beer was anchored by a fairly strong malty backbone. Hint of caramel malt sweetness. A bit unusual for a Hill Farmstead hoppy beer. White grapefruit came through on the back end. The finish seemed pretty balanced initially but the bitterness intensified after the swallow. Very grapefruit rind-like. Super pithy and dry. The grapefruit notes really took over as the beer sat.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Creamy and frothy on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. Definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Harlan IPA is unquestionably the least impressive Hill Farmstead hoppy beer I have ever tried. Both the aroma and the flavor profile seemed a bit flat and one-dinensional, and the heavy handed use of malts was somewhat strange. Although this might be one of their more sessionable offerings, it is a rather uncharacteristic beer for them.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT on Monday 9/28. Pours a super cloudy straw/gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Nice west coast aroma on this, more citrus-y and resin than what I would expect from HF. Great IPA flavor, nice bready malts first give it a sweet backbone. Middle is all hops, a bit more citrusy than what the aroma alluded to. End is the hop oils and resin with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering. Great light body and easy to drink, just enough carbonation to refresh the palate. Could easily have 2 or 3 of these in one lunch. Overall a fantastic IPA utilizing these Columbus hops.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Acquired a 750 ml fill at the brewery 9/18.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger and a half thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and extensive patchy/spotty lacing.

s; moderate citrus/pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with more emphasis on pine over a medium bready malt base, followed by a good strong hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Smooth "oily" medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Another winner from HF, higher end of hop power for an IPA, tasty and refreshing though a bit less citrusy than some. The slick mouthfeel is exceptional.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 750 ml growler at HF a week or so ago MDIH just had it tonight. I try NOT to factor in just where I got it and try to review it as if it wa screwed some place else. Hard to do but I don't want the HF brewery to be an influence. So, based on those disclaimers this was a damned great IPA. HF didn't happen to have it in bottles the day I was there but if they had I would have bought a few.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color, not too much head. Not an overpowering smell or abv. Very drinkable, not overly hoppy. Has a distinct tasty finish, you're going to want to wait a few extra seconds before that next sip. Definitely pick one up if you have the means, I'm having mine at the west side pony bar!

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Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House 9/17/15. Cloudy yellow pour, tastes sweet, piney and slightly peppery with a very clean piney finish. Delicious and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC: Pours cloudy piss yellow color with a small white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of lemon zest, graham cracker, grapefruit, fresh oily floral hop cones, orange peel, light spices, piney hops, buttery biscuit, toffee, coriander and a lot of citrus; flavor has a medium bitterness that's basically perfect. Well balanced and extremely easy to drink, this was as tasty as a fresh hopped IPA and as easy drinking as a session IPA. Mouthfeel was light, almost crisp and yet zesty, with average carbonation, a medium feel and body, yet above all was how easy and refreshing it was to drink. It was expensive for both glasses but worth it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull orange-gold with a hazy clarity and a loose white head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses citrus, caramel and rind. Taste follows nose with the addition of some wheaty/grassy notes on a malty backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. A decent IPA but the balance isn't there for me. My first time trying this but I was told by others it might be an off batch. I'll have to revisit it in the future.

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Photo of pja786
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- golden and hazy. Opaque. White, pillowy head. Two finger lace.

S- grapefruit, pine, freshly trimmed meadow. Slight peper and spice

T- masked malts with more grapefruit

F- medium bodied w/ mild carbonation

O- great beer, clean, resinous

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Photo of cvm4
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a HF swingtop 750ml

L - Pours a golden orange body that is hazy and has an eggshell one finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Juicy nose of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Clean malt profile.

T - Big tropical fruit notes and light sweet malts on the front end and developing into a bitter hoppy resin ending.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Just so drinkable.

O - An awesome IPA! So juicy, clean, hoppy, bitter and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy white orange with a short head. Smells of sweet citrus, orange and crisp. Taste is clean and orange, fresh and smooth with a peppery spicy mouth feel. Hoppy. Really smooth and delicious . Another great showing from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light gold, with a small, fine head. Juicy nose of grapefruit and citrus. Medium carbonation and light body, moderately bitter. Unexpectedly delicate flavor, which disappointed me at first, but revealed strong notes of stone fruit (mostly peaches) and some pineapple as the beer warmed. Overall super pleasant drinking beer, and light but complex flavor.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for some time. Pour from a HF 750.

Appearance much like several of the HF IPAs I have enjoyed - yellowish and hazy. A moderate pour generates a large, frothy head with exceptional lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Earthy.

Taste is earthy pine and grass. Somewhat dank. As it warms a bit I do get that trademark HF flavor. Not sure if it's malt or lingering effects from the hop but it's there. Just not as upfront as in some of their other IPAs. Still solid but not on par with the Susan's and Edward's of the lineup.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy golden orange. Aroma is pungent. Piney hops along with that splendid Hill Farmstead fruity hoppiness. The malt is smells like sweet pastry. The flavor is immediately grassy and piney. Then the greener hops settle down and in come the fruitier flavors. All of the hops are blanketed by a very yummy maltiness that is sweet but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Cushy mouthfeel. Fairly bitter. It's described as an over-hopped Edward. It's not as good as Edward but it was still a pretty tasty beer that I killed quickly.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 8oz. pours on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC today.

Pours a hazy medium orange-yellow, with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of citrus hops, oranges, tropical fruits, honey, pine, resin, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Light bitter bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation with some bitterness.

Overall very good. A little bitter for 6% but super hoppy so that's great. Highly recommend it, would love to have it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the aroma of the columbus hop is so familiar to me, I know it so well, could pick it out of almost any beer, it is a remnant from my days as a brewer, and its with me all the time. its rare that something so familiar could be presented so differently like it is in this beer, I learned something here about I hop I have spent a whole lot of time with, and I think that's pretty cool. that said, it isn't my favorite hop in the world, and this is pretty aggressively hopped, I think I prefer the more delicate and slammable Edward a little more, but this is pretty great beer all told. there is a lot of bitterness with the familiar resin and vegetal nature of the Columbus hops, almost too bitter for how light the base feels, it lingers long in the finish. I like the feeling of all the oils from the hops in a beer that's no more than medium in weight, and fluffy like this, a neat duality. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at the prohibition pig, I was amazed and delighted to see all the hill farmstead beers they were pouring. this was great, but not the best of the group, that title belongs to Dorothy! still, a great ipa brewed in the unique Vermont style these guys pioneered.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong mango on most yields way to grapefruit snap. S little light lemon on the color side but sizable, lofty ivory head. Orange, pine, spicy hops. Noticeably crisp and dry. Very good although I can say dry hoppedal Columbus is not my fave single hopped beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Torst NYC.

Cloudy golden color. Huge mango-filled nose. All types of tropical. Taste is straight bitter, zesty, spicy grapefruit juice. Sweeter and grainier as it warms. Also starts to finish much more mango-like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, translucent. A thick white head, fading to a cast over the top. Lacing is massive.

S - Passionfruit and lemons, mangos, tangerines. Flashes of wild grasses and floral notes.

T - The front is a punchy hit of mango and tropical fruits, a bit of peach, and grapefruit flesh, which fades to a middle of grapefruit pith and rye-like spiciness. The close is a slow fade out, with a bitter foundation, but with echoes of fruits.

M - Brisk, bright, with decent carbonation. Very mild drying, but not enough to burden the tongue.

O - An exceptional IPA, using the dry hop to boost fruit in the front without creating a punishing bitterness in the close. The beer is very well built, and each element helps keep the beer on task, with no mis-steps and exceptional drinkability.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.